ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Brings Spirit of Brazil ’17 to San Francisco International Arts Festival

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Intergenerational and international cast showcases a fusion of contemporary and traditional Brazilian music, dance and capoeira

Capoeira bridges cultures and also helps us break down borders within our minds and our bodies.

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, will present Spirit of Brazil ’17 as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival on June 3 at 5:00 p.m. and June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

In its seventh production, Spirit of Brazil explores music, dance, and capoeira through a blending of contemporary and traditional expressions. This year’s cast includes the ACSF performance company, as well as visiting guest artists Professor Mobília and Professora Gigi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous other top level capoeira artists from all over North America. The theme for this year’s Spirit of Brazil is “Quebrando Fronteiras”, which translates to “Breaking Borders”.

The art of capoeira was born out of a struggle against the suffering and injustice of slavery and the need to create bonds between those that were subjugated in Brazil. While it has evolved over hundreds of years and is now practiced all over the world, its roots remind us all of the power of resistance. Today through capoeira, its practitioners learn emotional, mental, and physical resilience that empower them to overcome the challenges of modern life.

“Capoeira is an art form for all, no matter your age, race, gender, physical ability or nationality,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “Capoeira has its origins in a culture of oppression. Through its practice, there is a freedom and a power that develops in you. Capoeira helps expose the importance of differences and how much we truly are all alike as human beings. Capoeira bridges cultures and also helps us break down borders within our minds and our bodies. ACSF is proud to share our love of the art of capoeira with others through Spirit of Brazil ‘17.”

For more information, visit: http://www.spiritofbrazil.org or http://www.sfiaf.org/abada_capoeira
General Admission Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://fortmason.org/box-office/?eid=18702

About ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco
ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) is an award winning non-profit organization that works to preserve, develop, and share the martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira to ignite positive change in individuals and in communities. The organization addresses social and economic disparities that exist in our communities by offering high quality, accessible instructional and performance programs for youth and adults, led by world-class artists. It integrates diverse communities and inspires civic responsibility, and personal and athletic success through physical, artistic, cultural, and health education.

ACSF shares its name and philosophy with ABADÁ-Capoeira, short for the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira, an international organization of over 50,000 members founded by Mestre Camisa. Based in Rio de Janeiro, ABADÁ-Capoeira is now the largest Capoeira organization in the world and is represented in more than 56 countries. For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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